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Old 01-19-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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Don't break your arms

Fiamma awning arms that is.... $200 for one arm and $50 for the center rafter support. Ouch!

Lesson learned...again.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:11 PM   #2
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How did that happen?
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:50 AM   #3
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Re: Don't break your arms

I learned the same lesson. My arm broke when a huge gust of wind picked up my staked down awning. I also found out how difficult it is to understand the Fiamma catalog. I couldn't figure out which was the right part, so I had to call them. The guy there was very helpful and knew exactly what I needed.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:09 AM   #4
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Last November 50mph winds that came up suddenly in Saline Valley. My cargo carrier on the roof was not latched (again) the lid blew off and came down hard on top of the awning breaking the center rafter and arm.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:33 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear that but am surprised the wind didn't mess with the awning itself. I guess that's a plus for the awning's resistance to high gusts when it's stakes out correctly. I worry about medium bouts of wind.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:17 PM   #6
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Re: Don't break your arms

That is the primary reason I attach the awning legs to the body of the van - much harder for the wind to take the awning for a ride. At Toroweap, we had some pretty strong gusts with no effect on the awning.

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Re: Don't break your arms

You could also use something like this:
http://www.fiammastore.com/Awning-and-T ... e-Down-Kit
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:38 AM   #8
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Re: Don't break your arms

When in the desert we usually stake it down and also tie 5 gallon water containers to the edges as well.
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